I love science and technology (I think that is pretty obvious), so a logical jump for geekdom in the news is anything to do with NASA. Heck, if I wasn’t so old – I would be on the volunteer list for the Missions to Mars.
Yesterday, we got a double dose of NASA with some clips from the Juno Spacecraft as it sped by us, gaining momentum for its trip to Jupiter. This 5 year mission (gee – sounds like Star Trek) should have Juno arriving at Jupiter around July 4th of 2016. There it will study Jupiter’s composition, gravity and magnetic fields and the deep winds of space.
Another interesting piece of trivia – Space Legos. Yep, I said that right…..Space Legos. The spacecraft is carrying three LEGO figurines representing Galileo, the Roman god Jupiter and his wife Juno. In Roman mythology, Jupiter drew a veil of clouds around himself to hide his mischief. From Mount Olympus, Juno was able to look into the clouds and reveal her husband’s real nature. Juno holds a magnifying glass as a sign for searching for the truth and her husband holds a lightning bolt. The third LEGO crew member, Galileo Galilei, has his telescope with him on the journey.
Back to the videos. The first is the radio recording of space as Juno flew by Earth. Of course, someone got together and decided it would be neat to send a message….and this is what is sounded like. There is an added bonus of some Morse Code for my O5H friends (the Hogs or “Dit-Da’s” out there will understand. As for the second clip – well, prepare to be humbled by its perspective .